Sample Wedding Day Timelines to Help With Planning

31 March 2022

So you’ve started wedding planning and are looking to build your wedding day timeline. Good for you…because you’re in the right place! I’m here with an array of sample timelines that have worked for brides and grooms in the past. Keep in mind that your day will be completely unique to you, and that a timeline that worked for someone else might not be perfect for you — and that’s where the customization comes in! We’ll jump on a call to discuss the ins and outs of your day, move times around, and tailor it so that your wedding day will move smoothly. Use the following timelines as guidelines or templates as you create yours.

5 Hours w/ a First Look

2:15 — Photographer Arrives
2:00 – 3:00 —Final Touches, Getting Ready, Details
2:35 — Bride Buttoned Into Dress (time for first look with bridesmaids/dad)
2:50 — First Look
2:55 — Bride & Groom Portraits
3:20 — Bridesmaids & Groomsmen Individual Groups
3:45 — Full Bridal Party
4:00 — Bride Hidden Away as Guests Arrive
4:30 — Ceremony
4:55 — Family Photos
5:30 — Entrance Into Reception
5:40 — Dinner
6:30 — Toasts
6:45 — First Dances
7:00 — Bouquet Toss
7:05 — Cake Cutting
7:08 — Dance Floor
7:15 — Photographer Leaves

5 Hours w/o a First Look

2:30 — Photographer Arrives
2:20 — Final Touches + Details
2:45 — Bride Buttoned Into Dress
3:00 — Bride + Bridesmaids Portraits
3:30 — Grooms + Groomsmen Portraits
4:00 — Guests Arrive
4:30 — Ceremony
4:55 — Family Photos
5:15 — Full Bridal Party Photos
5:30 — Bride & Groom Portraits
6:10 — Enter Into Reception
6:15 — First Dances
6:25 — Dinner
7:00 — Toasts
7:10 — Bouquet Toss, Cake Cutting
7:15 — Dance Floor Opens
7:30 — Photographer Leaves

6 Hours w/ a First Look

2:00 — Photographer Arrives
2:00-2:30 — Final Touches & Details, Getting Ready
2:35 — Bride Buttoned Into Dress
2:50-3:20 — First Look for Bride & Groom, followed by portraits
3:20-3:45 — Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Individual Groups
3:45-4:00 — Full Bridal Party
4:00 — Bride Hidden Away, Guests Arrive
4:30-4:50 — Ceremony
4:55-5:20 — Family Photos
5:30 — Entrance Into Reception
5:40-6:40 —Dinner
6:30 —Toasts
6:45-7:00 — First Dances
7:00 —Cake Cutting
7:10 — Open Dance Floor
8:00 — Photographer Leaves

6 Hours w/o a First Look

2:00 — Photographer Arrives
2:00-2:40 —Final Touches & Details, Getting Ready
2:45-3:00 — Bride Buttoned Into Dress
3:00-3:30 — Bride and Bridesmaids Portraits
3:30-4:00 — Groom and Groomsmen Portraits
4:00 — Bride Hidden Away
4:30-4:50 — Ceremony
4:55-5:15 — Family Photos
5:15-5:30 —Full Bridal Party Photos
5:35-6:00 — Bride & Groom Portraits
6:10 — Entrance Into Reception
6:15-7:15 —Dinner
7:00-7:15 —Toasts
7:15-7:30 —First Dances
7:30-7:35 —Cake Cutting
7:35 — Open Dance Floor
8:00 — Photographer Leaves

7 Hours w/ a First Look

2:00 — Photographer Arrives
2:00-3:15 — Final Touches, Details, Getting Ready
3:15 — Bride Buttoned Into Dress
3:25 —First Look w/ Dad
3:30-4:15 —First Look for Bride & Groom, followed by Portraits
4:15-4:40 —Bridesmaids & Groomsmen Individual Groups
4:40-5:00 — Full Bridal Party
5:00 — Bride Hidden Away as Guests Arrive
5:30-5:50 — Ceremony
6:00-6:20 — Family Photos
6:20-7:00 — Greet Guests at Cocktail Hour OR Take More Newlywed Photos
7:00 — Entrance Into Reception
7:10 —Dinner is Served
7:50 —Toasts
8:00— First Dances
8:15 — Open Dance Floor
9:00 — Photographer Leaves

7 Hours w/o a First Look

2:00 — Photographer Arrives
2:00-3:15 —Final Touches, Details, Getting Ready
3:15 — Bride Buttoned Into Dress
3:25 — First Look w/ Dad
3:30 — Groom & Groomsmen Photos
4:00 — Bride & Bridesmaids Photos
4:30 — Bride Hidden Away
5-5:30 — Ceremony
5:40-6:00— Family Photos
6:00-6:20 — Full Bridal Party
6:20-6:50 — Bride & Groom Portraits
7:00 —Entrance Into Reception
7:10 — Dinner is Served
7:50 —Toasts
8:00— First Dances
8:15 — Open Dance Floor
9:00 —Photographer Leaves

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